“Volunteering with the OC Walk to Remember has a special place in my heart. The very first time I volunteered at the 5K Walk event I didn’t know what to expect. Would it be a sad and emotional day? I didn’t know. But I wanted to be there for my friend who lost her son. I was amazed at these large families and teams walking united to support their loved ones. Yes there are tears, but there’s a lot of healing and smiles going on. It put a lot of perspective in my life.”
We attended our first walk in 2010, less than 8 weeks after our first child was born still. I had learned about OC Walk to Remember from one of my nurses while in the hospital. We set up a team, Aiden’s Angels, and over 30 of our friends and family walked with my husband and I in honor of our precious son that morning. Since then, I have become involved with OC Walk to Remember volunteering as their Director of Community Education, educating the medical community on how to improve the care of women and their families during and after the loss of a baby. Being a witness to how great an impact this organization has on families grieving such a devastating loss has been an honor and has given me hope that my son will never be forgotten.
“We love working with the OC Walk to Remember because it gives us the opportunity to help out a great cause. These women have been through so much and we have these amazing cabanas that offer them a carefree, relaxing day right on the ocean. They deserve it!”
“Because of the funds we received from the OC Walk to Remember, we are now able to update our library with new books and programs to help families in need. Also, some of the funds went toward an Empty Arms reunion we held in December. For many years, we had wanted to put together a reunion for all of the past group members, and it finally happened this year! When couples first come to our group, they are “broken” and deep in their grief due to their losses, so it was such a blessing to see them smile and have joy once again at the reunion. Many were pregnant or brought their children and new babies. It truly was a wonderful evening and one we plan to hold annually. Thanks again for selecting the Empty Arms Ministry as one of your donation recipients. We truly appreciate it and all the work you do for this event. You are truly making a difference in the lives of families in our community.”
“This organization has given me and my family HOPE! I received a memory box in the hospital and it is by far one of the most valuable things I own. I lost my daughter in August 2012 and was given information about the organization in the hospital. One of the most important things the organization has done is to help me is to understand that I’m not alone. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“I’ll never forget being three months out from losing my quadruplets and not knowing how to navigate through life. Someone told me about the Walk to Remember. I was scared at first to attend but felt God pulling me to go. My husband and I went. It was the first time anyone had said our babies’ names out loud. It was the first time I felt like I mattered, that my babies mattered, that their presence and lives mattered. I’ve been to every walk since then, and the community is absolutely incredible. Together we are all strong and here for one another.”